President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that he would not name the one who would succeed him in 2023.
The President said this on Tuesday while receiving the members of the Progressive in Academics (Pro-Acad) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari was asked by the group to start grooming a youth who will replace him when his second term tenure expires in 2023 but he said he wouldn’t want to create problems for himself by doing so.
He said: “Succession, to me this is very funny. Because if I did find anybody I will create more problems for him or her. Let those who want to be President try as much as I did.
“I believe those who are interested need to know that I tried three times and the fourth time I thank God and technology, PVC. Before they announced the result on radio and television, they got the result and they said anybody who disagreed should go to court. Most of my supporters are looking for the next day’s meal, they don’t have money to give to lawyers. So I said God dey!
“So the fourth time because of technology they couldn’t rig the elections, so I won. So this time around I tried to work hard.
“So I think you have more to do as intellectuals to make sure you correct Nigeria’s intellectual development, it is very important for the next generation.
“A lot of our young people are taking things for granted. Imagine to contest elections three times and ending up in the Supreme Court, it takes a lot of conviction and hard work. But people take things for granted, they say I want to be the president. As if I just closed my eyes and opened and I got it, ” he said